• The 57th Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo crowned its 2018-2019 royalty on Saturday, June 16. The new court includes, from left, Second Duchess Madison Schumann, First Duchess Ja’Nay Settles, Queen Kate Darsey and Third Duchess Kate Wenzel. — Standard-Radio Post/Erika Vela
  • Local youngsters, from left, Briggs Gonzales, Norah Gonzales, Elia Gonzales and Layla Gonzales compete in a peach eating contest during the 57th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree on Saturday. The contest, along with a peach spit, parade, auction, rodeo and other events highlight the two-day festival highlighting Gillespie County’s bumper crop. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • The Bellamy Brothers, Howard, left, and David, closed out the Peach JAMboree during a concert and dance on Saturday night with their hits, “Let Your Love Flow” and “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body.” — Standard-Radio Post/Erika Vela
  • Kate Darsey reacts ecstatically as she is announced as the 2018-2019 Stonewall Peach JAMboree Queen and crowned by outgoing queen Audrey Mills. — Standard-Radio Post/Erika Vela
  • 2017-2018 Stonewall Peach JAMboree queen Audrey Mills, left, rides with her queen’s court of Madison Torrico, Kyra Mund and Marian Robles during the Saturday morning parade. The route ran through Stonewall via St. Francis Street and Ranch Route 1. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • Ellen Felps rides on a Wheel Horse tractor to represent the Johnson City Antique Machinery Tractor Pull. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • A group of riders — from left, Len Weinheimer, Crockett Eckhardt, Tony Uballe (back), Nathan Tonne and Melvin Sultemeier — brings up the rear of Saturday morning’s parade. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • Contestants for the JAMboree’s queen’s court — including, from left, Charis Coolidge, Ja’Nay Settles, Amy Ahrens, Julie Grimmer and Karlie Nebgen — race to see who can find their peach pit first. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • Kyra Mund, a Peach JAMboree duchess, shows the potential queen and duchesses how it’s done during the pit spitting contest. Mund’s effort reached over 19 feet. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • Denisa Odiorne of Johnson City takes aim and releases a shot during the JAMboree’s washer pitching contest on Saturday. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

Stonewall fetes the peach

57th event sees jam-packed events as town celebrates its top crop

The 57th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree saw a jam-packed rodeo arena, a new court crowned and all things peach over the weekend.

“Overall, the Jamboree was a success,” Stonewall Chamber President Jason Englert said. “The crowds were above normal with the help of good weather, an awesome parade, two great rodeo performances and the Bellamy Brothers. We cannot thank our sponsors and volunteers enough. It wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Visitors from all over flocked to Stonewall to get a taste of the best peach crop in years while enjoying the rodeo and live music by Josh Ward on Friday.

“We are still assessing our ticket sales, but the numbers should be above normal for this year’s attendance,” Englert said.

The heat and a little rain on Saturday afternoon did not shy anyone away but ended up drawing more festivalgoers in by the numbers and setting the perfect climate for Saturday’s popular events such as the parade, contests, rodeo and entertainment.


Peach Auction

A total of $45,500 was paid after an auction of award winning peaches, baked goods, salsas and preserves on Saturday afternoon by local and area buyers.


Queen Coronation

Kate Darsey was crowned the 2018-2019 Peach Queen during the coronation ceremony, ahead of the rodeo.

Darsey is the daughter of Rob and Amy Darsey.

Crowning Darsey was the outgoing queen, Audrey Mills.

Duchesses who were selected are as follows:

• First Duchess — Ja’Nay Settles, daughter of Arlene Settles.

• Second Duchess — Madison Schumann, daughter of Matthew and Kelly Schumann.

• Third Duchess — Kate Wenzel, daughter of George and Dawn Wenzel.

Outgoing duchesses were Madison Torrico, Kyra Mund and Marian Robles.


JAMboree Activities

The 57th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo opened on Friday night with mutton busting and a CPRA Rodeo by DVS Productions, followed by entertainment by Josh Ward.

The parade led by parade marshals Jimmy Duecker, Golden Citizen award recipient, and David Laborde, Outstanding Citizen award winner, kicked off Saturday’s events.

Activities continued with the Peach Patch for kids, musical entertainment, washer pitching and “42” tournaments, peach eating and peach pit spit contests and more.

Saturday night’s excitement included mutton busting, a calf scramble and a second CPRA rodeo performance by DVS Productions.

Ending the festival was a dance with live music by The Bellamy Brothers.



Mutton Busting

(Two heats each night)

Friday — Heston Hohenberger of Marble Falls and William Potucek of Willow City.

Saturday — Kelcy Stehling and William Potucek, both of Willow City.


Washer Pitching

1. Felix Camacho and Ernest Franco.

2. Juan Moran and Manuel Noriega.

3. Willie Hartmann and Calvin Hartmann.


42 Tournament

1. Lance Riddell of Corpus Christi and Jo Jenschke of Fredericksburg.


Peach Eating

Kids — 1. Jack Edwards, 2. Norah Gonzales, and 3. Layna Jenschke.

Adults — 1. Kit Howell, 2. Chauncy Howell, and 3. Samuel John.

Pit Spit

Kids — 1. Ayden Howell, 2. Elia Gonzales, and 3. Jack Edwards.

Adults — 1. Matthew Schumann, 2. Chauncy Howell, and 3. Kit Howell.

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